Tips on finding the Prom outfit of your dreams!
Prep for Success
Before you start shopping, know your budget! How much will you spend on your outfit, accessories, flowers, and tickets? Will you drive yourself or pay for a limo? Knowing how much you can afford will help you to avoid conflicts with your friends, date, and parents.
Have a timeline for when you will complete tasks. This means considering factors that could add time to the process, like shipping time. Clothing alterations can take anywhere from a week to a month, depending on your seamstress' availability.
Have a Positive Attitude
Remember that you are perfect just the way you are, and you deserve to have fun and feel good at Prom. Dress to your comfort level and wear what makes you feel beautiful and confident - be that a gown, romper, or suit!
Me! Junior Prom 2002
Getting the Right Fit
While some gowns will come with built-in bust support such as cups and/or boning, you may find it helpful to purchase undergarments like strapless bras, stick-on cups, bustiers, and “spanx” to achieve a certain look and feel. Always have these and your shoes on hand before your fitting with your seamstress since it will change the fit of your gown!
Hopefully at Prom you will be dancing the night away, so when you’re trying on clothes make sure to twist a little to check for tightness, discomfort, or wardrobe malfunctions! As a seamstress, the most common alterations I make to prom dresses are shortening straps/shoulders, taking in at the waist or side, and hemming the skirt. It is very important that you choose a gown with sufficient coverage over your bust and bum, and ALWAYS sit down in the dress to check it is not too tight. If it doesn't zip easily, don't buy it!
When it comes to shopping for shoes, you need to be able to comfortably stand and walk around in them. If you’re at the store, walk around the department a few times before you buy, and if you order online, do the same at home before removing any tags.
While online shopping can be a fantastic experience, it can also be disastrous if you purchase a dress from the wrong seller. Pay attention to product reviews, return policies, and where the company is headquartered. And if the pricing seems too good to be true, chances are it is - the product you receive will likely not be the same quality as the one pictured. My advice is to stick with reputable companies with reasonable return policies. Struggling to find a dress in your budget? Why not try finding one second hand, and better yet, for free? Check out Bless a Dress for more info!
Know your Limitations
Love to show off your body? Great! But make sure that you read your school’s prom dress code to avoid the frustration and embarrassment of being turned away at the door.
Communication is Key